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The Thursday wrap

| Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009

No chickens' fools: A plurality of Americans -- 44 percent -- ascribe any climate changes to long-term planetary changes, a new Rasmussen poll finds. That continues a trend toward this commonsensical view. And that means the American people are waking up to the ruse that the liberal (if not socialist) social re-engineering complex is pushing, despite the growing body of evidence debunking its Chicken Little squawkings.

In other news: Perhaps lost in the transition of presidential administrations is word that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review has affirmed the government's constitutional authority to use wiretaps to collect national-security intelligence from foreign sources. And we'll bet -- and we pray -- that President Obama will employ this fully legal tool in pursuit of protecting us.

Good grief: Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell is hoping that the Obama administration will bring America an "activist" government that will provide universal health care and a plan to attack global warming. But after the country is bankrupted because of these programs, who does Mr. Rendell think will pay for everything?

Quote of the day: From the New York Post -- "Maybe (actor Sean Penn would) ask tougher questions of (Fidel) Castro and (Hugo) Chavez if he didn't have red stars in his eyes." Ouch! But apropos.

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